“Come along inside… We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.”
That was the question Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame once posed.
It would make a perfect legend to hang in the window of the Coastal Coffee Lounge, run by Gill Harris from unassuming premises in a side street just off the seafront at Sidmouth.
For in this extraordinary and surprising place, they are indeed dedicated, through tea, buns, some memorable coffee, a battery of mouth-watering treats and cheerful conversations, to making the world a better place.
And leading the crusade is its larger-than-life owner, Gill Harris, an irrepressible Mancunian who is happily obsessed with looking after her customers.